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Best Folding Camper Trailers – How to Choose

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Pop up campers are affordable alternatives to regular travel trailers, since they cost substantially less than their fully-loaded brethren. Campers also have many advantages over an RV such as their lighter weight and ability to be folded into a smaller size, which makes it easier to travel without having to buy special side mirrors.

The three most popular brands of folding trailers are Coleman, Rockwood and Starcraft. Coleman began manufacturing tent trailers in 1967 but its Folding Trailer Division was acquired by the Fleetwood Company of California in 1989. Rockwood is manufactured by Forest River of Illinois, and is noted for its hybrid-model “Roo” which combines features of tent trailers and regular travel trailers. Starcraft folding trailers first appeared on the market in 1964, when they captured a big share of the RV market with innovative features such as a crank-up lifting system and a hard top for its folding camper. The brand is currently owned by Jayco, the world’s largest privately-held RV manufacturer.

All three produce a range of folding trailer models for campers to choose from. The problem is, how do you find the best folding camper trailers? Here are a couple of factors to help you decide.

One major consideration, of course, is price. How much do you want to spend on your tent camper? If you are going to use it frequently, then you might consider splurging for a new model, which can cost between $8,000 for a basic model to $20,000 for a high-end unit with amenities comparable to a regular RV. If you are only going to use it once in a while, or you are willing to customize it yourself, however, you can get a used model for as low as $500.

Another factor is amenities. What features do you absolutely have to have, and which ones can you forego? Some models have only the basic amenities while others boast of a cable and satellite hookup and AM/FM stereo, air conditioner and electric water heater. Make a list of what you need before you go comparison shopping.

If you still find the process of choosing a camper trailer bewildering, then you can go online and visit review sites, or you can network with other pop up camper enthusiasts who would be more than willing to share their recommendations with you. However you make your decision, buying a camper trailer ensures that you get the best of both worlds – the beauty of nature and the comforts of home.


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